Last month I had the pleasure of joining the wonderful Kitcheners for their wedding workshop in Scotland. A fantastic experience meeting other like minded photographers as well as swapping tricks of the trade. I believe you can never learn enough and to be a part of these two days was invaluable. I would recommend it to any wedding photographer, whatever level.
On the second day we took a bus up to the magnificent Glencoe where we did a couple photo shoot with the delightful Chris and Sarah. He is in fact a wedding photographer himself but wanted to experience being in front of the camera. Here are my results!
I spent a lovely afternoon discovering a new part of London, Wimbledon Common is huge, has it’s own windmill, woodland and various ponds and great expanses of green. It was definitely a great setting for a portrait with the delightful and beautiful, Italian Costanza who wanted photographs for her blog.
Today I wanted to take a moment to remember the horror of last week in Paris. Yesterday in Trafalgar Square thousands turned out to pay their respects and remember those who lost their lives. People held up pens, banners with the slogan Je suis Charlie or cartoons from the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The French national anthem, the Marseillaise was to be heard quietly being sung. What often happens far away on the other side of the world has suddenly come closer to home and what was shown yesterday was solidarity and support from many different people from all types of cultures and religions.
I try and always listen to what people want and last year a couple requested a USB instead of a DVD to receive their photographs. Of course I didn’t want to go out and buy any old USB so I had a look around and love the results. Therefore any 2015 couple who would prefer a lovely wooden personalised USB then just let me know!
This is my happy monday. Taken a couple of months ago when I was last back in Cumbria but what more could you want than unconditional love in a dog. I’m heading back to the Lake District next week to photograph at the Marmalade Festival Awards so I get to spend time with my loveable dog too.
This will be my fourth year photographing the annual event and really whats more wonderfully British than a marmalade competition? Also if you win, your recipe and pot of marmalade are sold in Fortnum and Mason. What could be more prestigious!
January, a typically quiet month, it’s raining, snowing and too cold to be outside doing photography! This year I decided to explore a new corner of the world and I got in touch with ADB (Asian Development Bank). This Core Environment Program is helping countries to address key environmental issues and achieve sustainable development. My job was to fill the gaps in their photo library by travelling to a region in Cambodia called the Koh Kong. Here I visited different communities deep in the jungle, flooded villages in a mangrove plantation and families living on the banks of the river Ta Tai.
My subject was biodiversity landscapes, livelihoods of families, climate change and building capacity. How could I portray these different concepts?
On a personal level my interest was the people, how could I adapt and communicate to get a more interesting portrait? I couldn’t speak the same language and we were cultures apart. However my worries were unfounded. I arrived at the first village, Koh Kang, and a multitude of children greeted me with hello, hello! I was led around the village exploring mussel nets, and baskets of crabs and introduced to men untangling endless fishing nets. The continuing richness of the environment was unbroken. The thirty five families in this community had lived here for years, cut off to the outside world but completely self contained. The ceaseless possibilities for photographs was unbounded.
I have come away from my explorations in Cambodia with a freshness and purpose with my photography, particularly my portraiture and couldn’t be more excited for the coming season of wedding and portrait photography.